job interview questioning

As an employer you have to be careful who you hire, but you also need to be careful with the questions you ask and how you go about verifying the answers to those questions. The following are a few ideas to help you.


Most employers don’t care what grades were attained during college, but they do care if you have a degree or not. You hope that a job candidate is truthful with you, but it’s easy for a diploma to be bought or forged. If a college degree needs to be verified, you will need to contact the school they claim to have graduated from. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of information that an educational institution will provide, but you can at least verify the applicant graduated and the time period they were enrolled.

Details About Previous Employment

This type of information can be critical. You don’t want a new employee to create the same problems that he created for a previous employer. The difficulty is in finding out this information. Companies today are fearful of lawsuits and are very careful not to provide poor references to other companies. A private investigator can break through this corporate shield and discover the reason that someone left a company. If it turns out to be something that could be detrimental to your firm, you will have saved your company a lot of problems in the future.

Financial History

Depending on the job, it is sometimes important to know an applicant’s credit history. With the applicant’s permission, you can run a credit check, but keep in mind this only tells a portion of the story. Although a bad credit rating may be a red flag, there are other aspects of a person’s finances that are also red flags. These additional items will not likely be discovered running a credit check alone. A private investigation company has the ability to get more financial information about an applicant, and will make sure it is done legally.

Criminal Background

You would think that this would be the easiest item for an employer to discover, but the truth is that it can be the most difficult. This is especially true if crimes were committed in a different state than the one your business resides. Another issue is if the applicant has assumed a false identity. There is seldom any record of an illegal identity change, but a private investigator has an array of techniques to discover if a person has changed their name.

It’s best to discover the above information about an individual before they are hired, as the hiring process can be expensive. Instead of spending time getting an incomplete picture of an applicant’s background, it’s best to hire a firm like ours. We provide a thorough background check service and will provide you with the information you need!

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Bruce Robertson

Bruce Robertson is a private investigator and founder of Tristar Investigation, California’s premiere detective agency. Bruce is also a media commentator for the investigation industry, featured in the New York Times, CNN, History Channel, MSNBC, Los Angeles Times and many more. You can find him on Google+ LinkedIn and YouTube.